Well, we’ve had our first complaint… a mere 15 days after I moved here. Is that some kind of record I wonder?
At some point between me returning from my lunch break at 12:30 and Jan getting home from work last night, somebody had stuck a copy of one page from our Hausordnung (house rules) to the door with a certain sentence highlighted. Now, I thought I had read the Hausordnung properly, but it seems my memory sucks. I thought we weren’t allowed to do noisy things (like hoover) after 8 p.m. It turns out it’s actually 9 p.m., but with a special extra clause for “handiwork” activiies/construction, which is only allowed until 6 p.m.. On Saturday, we put up some shelves, and it must have been slightly after 6 when we finished because the 6 p.m. sentence is highlighted. You can rest assured, once we finally get round to buying the remaining furniture we need I will only be putting it together at precisely 3 o’clock in the afternoon, thus avoiding both the afternoon quiet period (12 noon til 2 p.m.) and the evening limit! In the meantime, I thought it was a good opportunity to tell you all what else I’m not allowed to do in Switzerland (or at least in my building)…
- Hoover or use the dishwasher in my flat before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m., or on Sundays.
- Use the communal washing machine and tumble dryer before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m. from Monday to Saturday or at all on Sundays and public holidays. Tenants who have their own washing machine can only use it during the same specified times.
- Hang washing outdoors on a Sunday. (The others I sort of get – quiet times and all that – but this one is mystifying. Any Swiss care to enlighten me?)
- Play musical instruments after 8 p.m. (I knew I read 8 p.m. somewhere!)
- Put glass into the glass recycling containers on a Sunday, or after 6 p.m. on any other day.
- Wash a car on the driveway ever. Cars are to be washed at proper carwashes only.
- Mow the lawn on a Sunday or public holiday – and probably between 12 and 2 p.m. as well. Luckily for me I don’t have a lawn 😉
Of course, most of these rules would have applied in Germany as well, but luckily for me until now I’d always had nice neighbours of around my age who couldn’t have cared less if I chose to switch on my washing machine at 2 a.m. and who would come by and ask us nicely to keep the noise down if they felt disturbed. After 8 years of such reasonableness I suppose it was about time I encountered a passive-aggressive note writer 😉 (Definitely also a thing in Germany. In fact, maybe my neighbour isn’t even Swiss…).